Healthy Meal Prep
Zucchini Risotto

Zucchini Risotto


This creamy main dish gets a splash of color with the addition of zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil. With much less butter than in a typical risotto recipe and no wine, there's no running around for ingredients you don't have on hand! The result is a lovely, light flavor in a very filling meal.


  • 7 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Arborio rice, uncooked
  • ½ medium zucchini, thinly sliced with a vegetable peeler
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes, softened and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan (or mozzarella) cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves, or to taste (Optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Bring vegetable or chicken stock to a boil in a medium stock pot, then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  2. Melt butter in a large, heavy bottomed stock pot over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook for 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted. Gradually ladle in simmering vegetable stock, stirring continuously. Risotto will become "creamy" and slightly sticky, yet still firm in the center, or al dente.
  3. When almost finished, stir in the zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and thyme, adding stock as needed and stirring continuously. Stir in basil and 3 tablespoons cheese just before serving. Divide risotto among 6 bowls, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and season with pepper to taste.

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Nutritional Information

Zucchini Risotto

Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 363.5
% Daily Value *
protein: 18 %
carbohydrates: 23 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 12 %
fat: 6 %
saturated fat: 11 %
cholesterol: 3 %
vitamin a iu: 27 %
niacin equivalents: 8 %
vitamin b6: 5 %
vitamin c: 10 %
folate: 3 %
calcium: 10 %
iron: 10 %
magnesium: 5 %
potassium: 6 %
sodium: 28 %
thiamin: 4 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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